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Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Toronto - Cancelled

Event information

Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 21st annual Doors Open Toronto – presented by Great Gulf – will provide an opportunity to see inside more than 150 of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

The Doors Open Toronto 2020 theme is “Open TO Music,” celebrating the past, present and future of Toronto’s multifaceted music scene while exploring the influence and impact of music and sound on the development of Toronto.

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 700 unique locations. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest in the world.

Our complete list of participating sites will be available in early May. For more information, visit our website.

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Volunteers are needed for multiple roles for Doors Open Toronto: Information Ambassadors, Project Facilitators, Tour Guides, Volunteer Captains and a variety of Behind-the-Scenes Assistants.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, complete and submit an application form.

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Contact info

Telephone: 311
Email: doorsopen@toronto.ca
Website: www.toronto.ca/doorsopen

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10 sites found

Dine Alone Records Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

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Dine Alone Records

This office was built from scratch by the label in 2017. The unique location features an event space, a record store and a management office. Many of the internal features are repurposed pieces designed specifically for the space. Staff will offer guided tours where visitors can view label and artist awards, platinum- and gold-certified albums, and the unique interior design.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

864 Eastern Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-585-7885
https://dinealonerecords.com

Architecture

Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DTAH Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

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DTAH

DTAH is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design firm. Visitors to their studio will experience the exciting history of a beautifully renovated building, and see the working environment of this leading landscape architecture, architecture and urban design firm. Visitors can also learn – through current and past projects – about how DTAH is continuing to shape the city around you.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Environment

Contact info

50 Park Road
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-968-9479
https://dtah.com

Architecture

Year built: 1954
Architect: Parkin Associates
Architectural style: Post-modern
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

During Doors Open, take a closer look at the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre – the last operating double-decker theatre facility in the world. These stacked Vaudevillian-era theatres were saved from demolition in 1981 by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Volunteers will answer questions as you explore the building. No food or beverages allowed. Photography permitted (no tripods).

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-314-2901
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Architecture

Year built: 1913-14
Architect: Thomas Lamb (designer)
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23, 2020
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fool's Paradise Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

Fool's Paradise

The former home of Canadian landscape painter Doris McCarthy is a one-storey wood-frame cottage with an irregular, eccentric layout. Ontario Heritage Trust staff will be available to help you uncover the many details and artistic treasures throughout the house. Visitors can also explore the beautiful grounds and take in spectacular views of Lake Ontario from the Scarborough Bluffs.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Environment

Contact info

1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/dmair

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Architect: Forest Tefler/Doris McCarthy
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Junction Craft Brewery (The Symes Road Destructor) Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

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Junction Craft Brewery (The Symes Road Destructor)

This building was constructed under R.C. Harris – Toronto's longest-serving Public Works Commissioner. The art deco style was popular with civic buildings constructed during this time. It operated until the 1970s as an incinerator, and then became a waste transfer facility. It was closed in 1996. Since then, it has been renovated and was re-opened in 2018 as Junction Craft Brewery.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

150 Symes Road
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-766-1616, ext. 204
www.junctioncraft.com

Architecture

Year built: 1932-34
Architect: Kenneth Stevenson Gillies (under R.C. Harris)
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Montgomery's Inn Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

Montgomery's Inn

This building is considered one of the finest examples of Loyalist or late-Georgian architecture in Ontario. Original owners Thomas and Margaret Montgomery, Irish immigrants, operated it as a tavern until Margaret's death in 1855. The inn has been restored as a mid-19th-century tavern, a reminder of the pivotal role that inns played as community hubs in the settlement of Ontario.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

4709 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-039-4811
www.montgomerysinn.com

Architecture

Year built: 1830
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Second Student Centre Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

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Second Student Centre

The York University Student Centre created The Second Student Centre to be an inclusive, multipurpose building with spaces for study, dance, meetings, multi-faith prayer, wellness and club offices. Designed with one of the most inclusive processes ever undertaken at a post-secondary institution, the Centre is LEED Gold certified and continues to be recognized for its design excellence.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

15 Library Lane
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-736-2100
www.yusc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Cannon Design
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Educational facility, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens
This elegant Second-Empire home – co-owned by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Heritage Trust – was built for Toronto financier James Austin. During Doors Open, see a pop-up archaeological exhibit that features artifacts excavated from the property since 2002 by Trust archaeologists and summer archaeology day camp participants. There are also significant views of downtown Toronto from the property.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

285 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1866; 1896
Architect: Original architect unknown; Vaux Chadwick (1896)
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

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TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

This centre is the international headquarters of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Designed by KPMB Architects, the building is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the 2010 Governor General's Medal for Architecture. It is a unique academic cultural hybrid of a teaching and rehearsal facility and destination concert venue, including the stunning 1,135-seat Koerner Hall.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-408-2824
www.rcmusic.com

Architecture

Year built: 1881
Architect: Langley & Burke and KPMB Architects
Architectural style: Ontario Gothic
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The JUNO Awards (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) Doors Open Toronto - Cancelled

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The JUNO Awards (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)

Visit the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – home of the JUNO Awards – and discover the statuette's history, see photos of iconic Canadian artists/rising stars, see Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee plaques, and maybe even enjoy a surprise performance. Visitors will also get the inside scoop on plans for the 50th anniversary JUNO celebrations in Toronto in 2021.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

219 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario
https://carasonline.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1908
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 23 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.